Growing food in schools and the benefits of developing an outdoor classroom for the new curriculum will be the focus for teachers and policy makers at a conference in July.
Outdoor classroom advocates Growing Schools and the School Farms Network have joined forces with the award-winning Phoenix High School (and the charity Phoenix Flame) in London, to produce the event.
The conference is aimed at all school professionals, teachers, farmers, community groups and other providers who have a passion to develop food growing in schools and who want to maximise the potential of the new curriculum and the School Food Plan to deliver a positive impact on the health and well-being of our society.
The keynote presentation will be given by Myles Bremner, former Chief Executive of Garden Organic, who is now driving the School Food Plan, published last year. The Plan emphasises the pleasures of growing, cooking and eating proper food as well as improving the academic performance of children and the health of the nation.
The event takes place on July 11th at the inspirational Phoenix High School. In addition to a full range of workshops and discussion forums, delegates will also be given a free pass to Kew Gardens for Saturday 12th July 2014 to explore for themselves the wonders of the natural world.
Ian Egginton-Metters, from the Schools Farm Network said it would be an inspirational day for people to see the difference growing food in schools can create: “People who are interested in developing curricular or environmental projects within schools – or in the local community – should definitely attend and it will also be an eye-opening experience for policy-makers, governors, trustees and students.
“The programme includes information on the School Food Plan and fresh developments in using the outdoor classroom as well as practical workshops. We want everyone to go away inspired and enthused by the great potential of growing to help the next generation of students.”